To me, my philosophy about life is take care of the earth and the earth will take care of you. Eating real food means eating locally, organically and minimal to no pesticides. If I garden and support my local farmers, that will help support the earth's natural cycle. The less chemicals I use, the less toxic the environment is around me. It is important to keep yourself centered which is why I surf. It is the best meditative activity out there for me.
CSA pick up!
For those of you who know what CSA is, we started our first pick up last week!!! A CSA means community supported agriculture. A CSA is where you pay before hand for a part of the farm's produce. The main factor in deciding what you get each week is how much crop was harvested that week. This means you get fresh produce that is in season. I chose fruit, vegetable and egg share from the Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead. The reason we chose this farm is due to the drop offs. The drop off closest to us is in Bayport which is right down the road from my mom. This farm also allowed for variety which I liked. You can go to www.localharvest.org to find the closest farm to you. I also did a little research on my own. Not all farms are found on this website. It just makes it easier for most. After deciding back in March, I paid for CSA pick ups biweekly from June to November. I pick up fresh produce every other Wednesday between 3 and 7pm. You get what's in season, what's plentiful and freshly picked from the garden. Needless to say, we got tons of greens. I took pictures to show everyone. :)
Sometimes I love the cold weather and other times I do not. Cold weather involves tons of warm hearty meals such as chili, stew, lasagna, pastas, all things that I do not usually cook a lot during warm weather. Also, all things I avoided last year because I was such a newbie in clean eating. These were all traditional meals that I had growing up and made once I went off on my own. I was terrified of changing some of them due to losing the taste. There is A LOT to change in some of these recipes. This fall/winter, I plan on tackling them. I will also be introducing a lot of new recipes as well. I hope to share with you as the season progresses.
This recipe I am about to share is a recipe I have used for more then 5-6 years since it came out. I read it in Shape magazine, specifically the "Make over your body in 21 days" issue. (You can locate the original recipe on the Shape website.) Since then I have made some modifications to it. I use fresh ingredients instea…
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. We often think about what we put IN our body and not what we put ON our body. Wouldn't it make sense that the things we put on our skin also gets absorbed and into our blood stream? So despite how clean your diet is and how you limit the toxins you consume. You are still exposing yourself to toxins through skincare. My personal care and make up were one of the last things I converted over to a more natural, organic type of care. I was very hesitant because who knows what was out there that I could use. I needed it to work. I need it to make me feel pretty. I hated using my products because none of it ever worked. It was annoying. Nothing ever felt good or made me feel pretty. There is a reason there are so many brands out there right? So many products filled with chemicals. One of them is bound to work with my skin right? Ugh. Very often I thought that I should have paid more attention in chemistry! I hate trying dif…
SO, I haven't blogged in many months. Some of you may know already but I will share what's been going on. I was in a very bad car accident in May. I didn't really quite realize how bad it was until recently. I'm still very banged up and am still at my mom's. It's been over four months. I'm still in pain. I'm definitely better then I was before but nowhere where what I was before the accident. It's not where I expected to be by now. I basically spent the past four months taking off from life. I have been going to physical therapy, chiropractors, doctors and so forth. It's been frustrating. I just want to run again. I just want the pain to be gone. I spend every day and night in pain. It's unbelievably frustrating. It's depressing.
I've gotten back into cooking. I've started to implement the good habits again. I've started to plan my meals out again. I've noticed a difference w…